Rantin' Laddie, The [Child 240]

DESCRIPTION: The lady has "played at the cards and the dice" with the rantin' laddie; now she has a child and is scorned. She sends a letter to the rantin' laddie -- who proves to be the Earl of Aboyne. He marries her and all are happy
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1803 (Skene ms.)
KEYWORDS: love courting marriage adultery bastard cards
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber)) US(Ap,NE)
REFERENCES (11 citations):
Child 240, "The Rantin' Laddie" (4 texts)
Bronson 240, "The Rantin' Laddie" (6 versions+1 in addenda)
Bronson-SingingTraditionOfChildsPopularBallads 240, "The Rantin Laddie" (3 versions: #1, #3, #5)
Greig-FolkSongInBuchan-FolkSongOfTheNorthEast #154, pp. 1-2, "The Rantin Laddie"; #156, pp. 2-3, "The Rantin Laddie" (3 texts plus 2 fragments)
Greig/Duncan5 976, "The Rantin Laddie" (5 texts plus two fragments from Greig on p. 604, 3 tunes)
Barry/Eckstorm/Smyth-BritishBalladsFromMaine pp. 303-304, "The Rantin' Laddie" (1 fragment, 1 tune, a single "Rantin' Laddie" stanxa with a "hush-a-bye" chorus perhaps from the mother to her bastard baby) {Bronson's #6}
Gainer-FolkSongsFromTheWestVirginiaHills, pp. 78-79, "The Rantin' Laddie" (1 text, 1 tune)
Leach-TheBalladBook, pp. 597-598, "The Rantin' Laddie" (2 texts)
Combs/Wilgus-FolkSongsOfTheSouthernUnitedStates 35, pp. 127-128, "The Rantin Laddie" (1 text)
Buchan-ABookOfScottishBallads 57, "The Rantin Laddie" (1 text)

Roud #103
Willie Mathieson, "The Bonny Rantin' Laddie" [fragment] (on FSBBAL2) {Bronson's #5.1}
cf. "Binorie" (tune, per Greig/Duncan5)
Aboyne's Bonnie Lady
NOTES [15 words]: The "rant" is a dance step, now found chiefly in Northumberland and surrounding areas. - PJS
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File: C240

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